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I don’t know about you but I really don’t want to lug around an oxygen tank.
Yup there it is..
40 year habit..14 months quit for me and that oxygen tank is the only thing that keeps me away. Nicotine is a great drug.
I'd light one right now if I could. We are a society that thrives on drugs, from the alcohol to the cannabis to the prozac, etc.
First thing I'm doing when I get to heaven is heading for the smoke shop.
You got this gkim..
Greg, thanks for this post. You know, whenever I post here about the oxygen tank, I think about those in this forum who are already using the tank. I wonder if my posts make them feel bad and should I not talk about it. So, I appreciate you responding to me and telling me how you’d smoke if it wasn’t for the tank. Yes, this addiction is so powerful. I’ve seen a commercial of someone smoking through their hole in their neck. That was horrible. But did I quit after seeing that? No. Because in our minds we want to believe things like that happens to other people. How stupid the addiction makes us.
The last line of your post says it all: "It won't be so easy to quit the next time." I wish I had known that before I threw away a quit of nearly 6 years. It took almost 40 years of smoking before I was able to quit, and today is the 6th anniversary of my forever quit.
I have a lot of pride in achievement over that, but I also have Stage 1 Small Cell Lung Cancer. Play stupid Games, win stupid Prizes! They caught it early, so after 2 more radiation treatments, I'll be done with it. There is a very easy way to quit: Imagine that you have only 50% lung capacity and can't walk 50' without gasping for breath because of COPD. It isn't pleasant.
The thing that I worry about is that continuing to smoke could damage my eyes. My ophthalmologist tells me that smoking can cause AMD, age related macular degeneration. My brother has been a smoker for a long time and he has it in both eyes. I get angry with myself because I know smoking damages every organ in my body and I know it's such a stupid thing to do. This addiction is SO strong. I've thought about finding someone who does hypnosis to help. I don't really want to use Chantix because I've heard such horrible stories by people who have used it and had a really bad experience.
I quit for a week recently, but there's a pressure that builds up, a psychological and physiological pressure, and eventually, it got to me and I bought a pack and lit up. I'm in deep trouble with this horrible habit. It's my only vice. Guess it's the same for many of you. I have nicotine patches and don't use them, and I even have the book "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking" by Alan Carr. It makes a lot of sense intellectually and emotionally as well, but here I am, still smoking. I want to find something that will just make me NOT WANT to smoke. I feel like I'm an idiot. Help!!
Don't feell that way !!!!!! Everything you are experienceing I'm going thru again. I quit myself and stopped smoking for 15 months. Didn't think that there would be anymore problems got it beat. boy that creepy dude showes back up again. and I have started haveing 1 here and there. He says awww just have 1 it wouldn't hurt. Well thats wrong!!!!!!!!!! It scares me to think that all that time spent on quitting is gone with a puff of the white sticks. Like you said" How do yoi get rid of the psychological BOND" it is so heavy????????? I wish you could just turn that switch off and walk out of the room. and leave it all behind. GIrl if you find that switch let me know!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish you luck on your quest Sorry I don't have the magic wand to say alacazam and everything goe away. Good luck Londiann. This forumn helps to sort thngs out and encouragement.
I am replying to both your and 48yrsmokin's post. I'm going to put a link in here to help you reinforce what you have already read in Alan Carr's Book. I read that book three times and it is a good book, but even after you take in everything that's there, you still have to do the work! There is not magic cure for this addiction. Knowledge is power! Power that will help you to stick to your commitment to never take another puff.
I never felt like a victim where smoking was concerned. I'd always say, " nobody twisted my arm to smoke". After reading Mr. Carr's book and watching these documentaries I feel different about that, and it makes me mad. I'm a 50 yr. smoker, started in my mid teens. I have many health problems because of smoking. Did the tobacco companies take advantage of my youth and lack of knowledge? Yes they did! Did they put chemicals in their products that insured that I would continue to smoke and give them my money? Yes they did! Did they know that they were addicting me to a slow form of suicide. Yes they did! All for their profit.
They are still doing it today with young people in many third world counties. Because of social and political pressures here they have shifted their method of keeping young people addicted and buying their deadly products by investing in and marketing vaping products. Same poison, different package.
Please take the time to watch these documentaries. They are long, but you can watch them in parts until you have finished. Just maybe they will make you feel a little different, or make you mad enough to be able to stick to your quit!
Thank you for responding to what I wrote. I definitely will watch the video you sent a link to. I want to feel differently about smoking and not smoking. I want to be in the head space of NOT WANTING TO SMOKE. For me, that's the key. It's easy not to do something that I don't want to do. I want to get past the 1-week mark of quitting.
Here’s the thing...if we wait to get to the point where we WANT to quit, it’s gonna be a long time smoking yet. There is a part of you that will always want to smoke on some level; it’s the addiction piece in our brains. This small piece takes over a very strong voice when all of your other wiser parts are telling you you want to stop, or when you choose to stop. Early on the struggle with that voice is incessant. And it sucks. There are a million (likely not one less!) “reasons” and rationalizations it has, and it voices them loudly. Someone wrote on here about there being a “switch to flip” and how great it would be if it worked like that. Well...it doesn’t, and it does work like that. Only problem is, when your wiser self flips the switch to off, that smaller addict piece comes along and switches it back on in the form of triggers. Oh, it would be so very grand if it didn’t have the knowledge and way to do that, right? But...it does. Let me tell you...I struggled and fought to find a way to quit without having to rely on willpower to some extent. For a long long time. What finally worked is finding a balance and accepting I am an addict. Yeah...that dirty word again. Accept the addict piece, bring it in to balance with the rest of you, and then decide which parts you want more. There will be a need for willpower, especially early on. But it can’t be ALL willpower as you will never win. Emotion will beat out willpower in the end every time unless you find a way in those moments to WANT to be a non smoker more. That piece of wanting to smoke will still be there. But as you go and make it through the first several days, something magical does happen if you tune in and listen to yourself. Really take note of how after the first few days you really can notice the difference. Of course that addict voice is gonna argue and struggle still. For quite some time. Just don’t let it be the strongest voice in your mind. I’m nattering on and maybe not making sense....the bottom line is...don’t wait for ALL of you to want to stop as that is just not going to happen. It isn’t. That addict does not ever want to stop. Find a way to make other parts of you want to stop more. It is true what Terry says: “If you want to change your life change your mind”. One crave at a time. Each one you conquer, embrace and really feel the empowerment that comes after. The key is just ONE at a time. Start future tripping and you start fueling the addict.
You’ve got tons of support here your addict doesn’t want you to use. Use your wiser mind to decide.
When I smoked and saw one of those non smoking commercials - woman missing her jaw, man whose chest was cracked due to massive heart attack, people missing limbs, holes in their necks all due to smoking - I seriously legit would light a cigg almost defiance.
Hahaha! Yup. “De Nile” is not just a river in Egypt. Funny how we always think it could never be us. Well, just like the lottery, someone’s gotta win. Smoking is absolutely 100% playing Roulette. Sucks, right? Those images and thoughts of that....